Each summer, a handful of players who weren’t previously well known make a big splash at summer camps and the ripple effects carry through all the way to signing day.
One such player who appears to be on the verge of major attention is Marietta (Ga.) Osborne fullback William "Trey" Brewer.
He missed his junior season due to a broken leg, so many schools didn’t have him on their early recruiting radars. But impressive showings at Alabama and Georgia camps this summer have placed him on the fast track.
Brewer (5-11, 224, 4.56) not only has the prototype frame and footwork for a fullback, but he’s also one of the strongest players Rivals has interviewed in the Class of 2004. He’s an avid power-lifter who has set world bench press records in the American Power-Lifting Federation and the World Power-Lifting Federation for his age group and weight class. He’s benched as much as 450 pounds in a single max-out effort and cranked out as many as 46 repetitions of 185 pounds.
“It’s just something I love doing,” he said. “I enjoy it as much as football. That’s what I do for fun in the offseason.”
Brewer said he knew working out hard and attending the summer camps were his best chance to get recognized entering his senior season.
“Since I was hurt last year, nobody really knew about me,” he said. “But after a couple of those camps, I started getting a lot of attention. I’ve heard from pretty much the whole SEC, Maryland and a few other schools just this summer.
“Alabama has probably shown the most interest. They really liked me at their camp. They’ve been sending me a bunch of stuff in the mail, and they said they’d be coming down to see me play. I showed out pretty well at Georgia’s camp, too, but they didn’t seem to be watching the running backs as much as the quarterbacks and wide receivers.”
The Crimson Tide are the clear-cut team to beat at this point, Brewer said.
“I’ve always liked them,” he added. “If they offered a scholarship, it would be really hard to turn down. I’d probably commit right there.”
Maryland and Nebraska also have an outside shot. The Terrapins have also turned up the intensity in recent weeks, Brewer said. “I’d prefer to stay somewhere in the South, but Maryland has a really good program. It may be a place I need to check out.”